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Joel Pugh, D.M.A.
Joel Pugh teaches low brass at the University of North Dakota. He is the founder/director of the North Dakota Trombone Choir and North Dakota Tuba Ensembles. He also performs with the Dakota Brass and International Brass Quintet.
Active as a performer on both trombone and euphonium, he has performed throughout the country in recital and master class settings. Has served as the principle euphonium in the Brass Band of Columbus and the Cuyahoga Valley Brass Band and has solo concerto appearances on CD releases of each ensemble. Pugh has also been featured as a euphonium soloist at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, numerous state MENC conventions, the Gala Concert of the North American Brass Band Association, the Great American Brass Band Festival, in Danville, Kentucky and Tubonium. He has presented solo recitals at numerous universities, including the Ohio State University, Louisiana State University, the University of Minnesota Southern Mississippi University, McNeese State University, and the University of Wisconsin, Eau-Claire.
As a trombonist, he has performed in a variety of venues, including performances at International Trombone Workshops and appearances with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Toledo Symphony Orchestra, as well as many solo appearances in both recital and concerto settings.
His studies have been published in the ITEA Journal and the Brass Band Bridge. He is currently serving as one of the members on the ITEA’s Solo Literature Project and has also judged at the Leonard Falcone Euphonium Competition. He is co-director of the Peace Gardens’ Oktubafest and teaches at the International Music Camp, where he also serves on their Board of Directors.
Pugh holds a D.M.A. from Michigan State University in euphonium performance, with added concentrations in trombone performance and wind conducting. He has a M.M. in trombone performance, with a concentration in music education from Bowling Green State University and a B.M. in music education from Ithaca College.